Weekly Feminist Reader

NSA surveillance and the male gaze.

Racist of the Week Paulina Deen has been fired.

But, before that, she inspired some really great tweets.

The Department of Ed will collect data on anti-LGBT bullying.

We need to talk about disability and feminism.

High schools are trying restorative justice to keep kids from dropping out.

On the “safe kind of brown.”

An open letter to gay men about women’s consent.

Oh no! The poor, poor sexually abusive colleges!

What’s a city Indian?

A female writer responds to Vice‘s recent spread fetishizing other female writers’ suicides.

We are the 15%.

What if fatness is part of human biodiversity?

On trans elders and elder abuse.

MHP’s open letter to Serena Williams.

Because Williams’ apology wasn’t good enough.

Ten rules about recording cops.

We’re here, we’re queer, and we look real cute.

Why we don’t talk about abuse.

GWU orientation includes a transphobic skit (TW) that promotes rape culture. Stand with students demanding change.

Hypothetically speaking, Hillary Clinton is running.

We need diversity in YA.

Jessica on the default male audience.

Is there radical potential in beauty pageants?

Public choking isn’t a “private” matter.

Amy Poehler thanks domestic workers.

This week in Miley Cyrus and cultural appropriation.

High school feminist society met with harassment.

The latest campus with sexism and frat problems? Monster’s University.

But, on the plus side, the video is super queer.

“White trash” and compulsory sterilization.

Are your female politicians fertile enough?

Five things to tell a friend who has been assaulted.

Do you really, really love @feministtswift?

What have you been reading/writing/watching/listening to this week?

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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com. During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

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Since the election last week, many people have begun wearing symbolic safety pins in order to demonstrate solidarity and allyship with marginalized people. But, as Demetria Lucas D’Oyley writes for The Root, it’s “an empty gesture.”

The problem with the safety pin is that being an ally is more than just declaring yourself one. It means actively working to dismantle systems of oppression while also recognizing your privilege within those systems. It’s easy to put on a pin and say that you stand with people of color, when you’re not likely to experience racism or Islamophobia. It’s not so easy to challenge your own and others’ internalized anti-Blackness, racism, and Islamophobia. Being an ally is not ...

Since the election last week, many people have begun wearing symbolic safety pins in order to demonstrate solidarity and allyship with marginalized people. But, as Demetria Lucas D’Oyley writes for The Root, it’s “an empty ...